When vacationing on Cape Cod, the first decision you need to make is where you would like to stay. You could rent a room in one of many inns and hotels around Cape Cod, or there is always the option of renting a Cape Cod vacation property. How do you know if renting a Cape Cod vacation property is right for you, and when you should go ahead and stay in a hotel? There are a number of factors to take into consideration when making this decision to make sure that you are making the right choice for you and your family. Here are the differences between renting a Cape Cod vacation property and renting a room in a hotel or inn to help you decide which is right for you.

Vacation Style

People have different preferences when staying on vacation. Some want to live like a local and truly experience what it is like to live in the area for the short time that they are on vacation. Renting a Cape Cod vacation property gives vacationers this experience. You would be living in a home in the town of your choice as if you were a local, giving you the opportunity to meet your neighbors and hang out at the local hot spots in the neighborhood. The vacation property would give you the ability to go shopping at the local farmers markets or fish markets, cook your own food in the kitchen, do your own laundry and clean up after yourself. You are living the Cape Cod lifestyle.

On the other side of the spectrum, some vacationers prefer to have a more luxurious experience when they are on vacation. They do not want to live a normal day to day experience, they want to be pampered and not have to lift a finger. Staying in a hotel or inn gives vacationers the luxury of having someone else clean up after you, do your laundry and even feed you in a hotel or room service. So when making the decision to either stay in a hotel or go ahead renting a Cape Cod vacation property, keep in mind what type of vacation experience you would prefer. Do you want to live like a local while you’re on Cape Cod, or do you want to have a cushy vacation experience?


Length of Stay

The length of your stay could determine which option is more appropriate for you, a hotel or renting a Cape Cod vacation property. If you are looking to stay on Cape Cod for a couple of days, a hotel or inn might be the right choice. Most private vacation homes require tenants to stay at least a week, and typically require that you stay Saturday to Saturday. However, if you need more flexibility a hotel could be the right choice for you. Typically hotels do not have limits on the number of days that you stay, but some do, so make sure you read the fine print. Sometimes certain times of year there is a minimum number of nights you need to stay in order to book a certain room because it is a prime week. However, most hotels will allow you to stay however many nights you would like without restriction.

When renting a Cape Cod vacation property, you will have to sign a lease agreement that is a legally binding contract. Typically you are able to purchase Travel Insurance, so if something comes up that is covered under the agreement, you can cancel your reservation and recoup some of your money. However, if you do not sign up for travel insurance or if something comes up that is not covered, you lose out on the money you spent on the rental. When renting a hotel room, it is usually much easier to cancel. You do not have to sign up for travel insurance, just ask when you have to cancel by in order to get your money back if you do need to cancel (such as 48 hours or a week before the reservation date).


Pros and Cons

When staying in a hotel, all of the linens and bath towels are provided to you. You may also stay in a resort or hotel that has amenities such as pools, spas and on site restaurants. These amenities are very appealing to many vacationers and that is the main reason why they stay at a hotel instead of renting a Cape Cod vacation property. However, while there are a number of perks to staying in a hotel, there are also some drawbacks. If you are traveling with a large group, it can be difficult to find the number of rooms at the same hotel that you need for everyone in your party. However, if you rent a vacation property, you could lease a private home that could accommodate your entire party. This would give you the opportunity to stay close to your family and friends and create some vacation memories together!

When renting a Cape Cod vacation property, you gain space which you would not get when staying in a hotel room. Sometimes the amenities available in a hotel are available when you rent a private vacation condo unit such as properties at the Ocean Edge in Brewster. The Ocean Edge Brewster has swimming pools, fitness centers, a golf course designed by Nicklaus and restaurants on premise. However, when renting a Cape Cod vacation property, you need to pay attention to what amenities are included in your rental. Do you need to bring linens with you? How many parking spots are there at the property? It is important to take stock of what the different pros and cons are to staying at hotels and private properties to decide which is more appealing to you and what fits your needs.

Renting a Cape Cod Vacation Property vs. Hotel Room

When planning your Cape Cod vacation, it is important that you look at the pros and cons to determine where you should stay for your vacation. There are benefits to staying in a hotel and renting a Cape Cod vacation property, it all depends on your needs and which fits your vacation style the best.